Be a Spring Cleaning Machine

The flowers are blooming, the birds are chirping… and the house is a mess. It’s time for spring cleaning! Although cleaning may not be your idea of fun, you may be surprised to find it refreshing and therapeutic. Once you get started, you will find your groove! Here are some tips on how to tackle — and enjoy — the annual spruce up.

Dust what’s in and out of sight.

Make sure to thoroughly dust all the hard-to-reach places in your home, including the ceiling fans, light fixtures and the tops of shelves. Dust easily accumulates in these areas, and it’s necessary to wipe them clean — especially if it’s been a while. More accessible surfaces, such as furniture, countertops, lampshades, art and decorations should be cleaned on a regular basis, but go ahead and add them to your spring cleaning checklist.

Use all of your vacuum’s accessories.

You already know it’s important to vacuum your carpet and rugs, but did you know it’s also a good idea to vacuum your mattress? Strip the mattress of all bedding and use your vacuum’s crevice tool to suck up dust and dirt that might be living under your sheets. You can use the same method to vacuum your sofa, chairs and stairs — trust us, you will be glad you did!

Mop those nooks and crannies.

Most vacuums have a function for cleaning hard surfaces, but mopping will give you even better results. It’s up to you to decide the type of mop and floor cleaner you want to use. Warm water mixed with vinegar is always effective in getting rid of grime. Before you mop, sweep over the floor to get rid of large particles of dust and dirt. Remember to thoroughly scrub all those hidden corners!

Disinfect and protect.

A good rule of thumb is to disinfect any household item that is regularly touched, such as light switches, door knobs and remote controls. You should also disinfect your credit card—just imagine all the germs it has encountered.

Conquer the clutter.

Clutter makes you feel overwhelmed, but there is a simple cure. Ask yourself which items you need to hang on to and which you can live without. The fewer things you have bogging down your life, the easier you can breathe! As a rule of thumb, if you haven’t used it or thought about it in the last year, it might be time to let it go.

And don’t forget….

When it comes to cleaning, the most obvious objects in homes are often forgotten. Dust and wash your cabinets, pantry and fridge, ditching the food that is out of date. Wash the insides and outsides of your windows to get rid of annoying smudges. Clean inside, outside and under your appliances. And of course, don’t forget to clean out and organize your junk drawers and random closets that have been collecting all the things you don’t know where to store and likely don’t even need. Once your house is spotless, maintain it with regular cleanings. This way, next year’s spring cleaning will be a breeze!

Spring cleaning is hard, but rewarding work that will certainly make you hungry. When you need to break for food, spare yourself the additional mess of cooking and grab a quick meal at your nearest Lee’s!

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